Japan’s Rare Earth Mineral Discovery Could be a Geopolitical Game Changer


Japan’s massive rare earth mineral discovery could break China’s monopoly and recast bilateral relations between the two countries.

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Call Them by Their Name—Fleeing Venezuelans are Refugees, not Migrants

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It’s time to invoke the Cartagena Declaration and provide Venezuelans stranded abroad with the legal protections and funding they need.

America’s Chinese Headache in the Horn of Africa

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US economic and political influence is waning in the Horn of Africa, and that’s bad news for civil society there.

Muqtada al-Sadr Closes in on Surprise Win in Iraq Elections

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The avowed foe of both the United States and Iran has seized on popular grievances to win last week’s election, but forming a government won’t be easy.

Interview: Maxime Fiset from the Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence


We sit down with Vanessa Reggio of the Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence (CPRLV) to discuss new poles of radicalization and what can be done to curb their spread.

EU to Go It Alone on Iran Nuclear Deal

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With their economic interests imperiled and domestic public opinion squarely behind them, EU leaders are looking into ways to save the Iran nuclear deal. However, good policy options will be few and far between, particularly for EU companies with high exposure to the US market.

Cambodia-Laos Border Dispute: Geopolitical Flashpoint or Playing Politics?

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The Cambodia-Laos border dispute has a peculiar a way of only flaring up ahead of election season.

China vs. the EU: The Influence War that only One Side Is Fighting

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China’s covert influencing activities are potentially far more consequential to the EU than those of Russia. So why is no one talking about them?

Argentina’s Finances Are Hamstringing Its International Role (Again)

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In spite of its geopolitical gifts, financial crisis may once again be thwarting Argentina’s regional ambitions.

Neglected Backwater: Russia’s Growing Influence in the Balkans

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Russia will keep making inroads in the Balkans so long as Brussels and Washington ignore the region.

Malaysia Election: Upstart and Establishment Autocrats Square Off

Kuala Lumpur, 01/12/2012 UMNO President, Datuk Seri Najib Razak during Umno General Assembly.. Pic Firdaus Latif https://ms.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohd_Najib_bin_Abdul_Razak#/media/File:Najib_Razak_(cropped).jpg

The upcoming Malaysian election is a political saga for the ages.

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